Friday, 26 May 2017

Gold Rush: Victorian Goldfields 1865

The year is 1865 and there's a gold rush on in Australia. You are about to journey to the Victorian goldfields to join thousand of others trying to strike it rich. You will find yourself in Ballarat, where you can buy all you need for life on the  goldfields. While the game is loading see if you can find all the mining tools in the next image.

Click the image below to begin

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Gold Rush Game: Can you strike it rich?


PLAYERS: For 1-4 players

AIM OF THE GAME: To strike it rich!

RULES: Every player starts with 100 points. You pay 10 points each time you take a turn. You will face a number of challenges and you must decide the best thing to do. You will win or lose points based on the wisdom of your decisions - and how lucky you are!

The winner is the player with the most points at the end. Good luck!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Excursion: Convict Footprints

In conjunction with our Semester One History unit of work ‘The Australian Colonies’, we went on an excursion to Dharug National Park and participating in a guided walk on the Old Great North Road. Students were able to step back in time to 1830 and meet actors dressed as convicts, soldiers and local Aboriginal people. They demonstrated how they built the road, difficulties in managing convicts and the impacts on native land. It was a terrific excursion.
Excursion: Convict Footprints

Excursion: Convict Footprints
Excursion: Convict Footprints

Incursion: Japanese Taiko Drumming

On Tuesday morning, we were fortunate enough to participate in some Japanese Taiko Drumming. All students had the opportunity to go on stage and have a lesson on how to drum and how to be part of a team. It was a very enjoyable morning.

Monday, 8 May 2017

I want to re-design my room: If you can convince your parents, you can convince anyone!! (Persuasive writing/Mathematics)

A major problem in writing a persuasive text is working out the arguments of the “other side”  and responding to those arguments. The following class task will help you see the need to work out the other point of view before writing any argument. 

You are older now and your room is not as wonderful as it once was.  It is time to try convince your parents to let you re-design your room.

When you go to ask them they reply: 


and give you the following objections:
  1. It’s too expensive.
  2. You never even clean your room anyway; why re-design if it is just going to be messy?
  3. You already spend too much time there.  We only see you at meals as it is now.
  4. or You never spend any time in your room; why should we bother?
  5. Your brother (sister) is going to feel left out.  We can’t start redecorating everyone’s room.
  6. Your taste in interior decoration is questionable.  We can’t paint ceilings and walls in school colours or indulge in other such fads. :)
  7. I’ll end up doing all the work.  I don’t have the time or the energy.
  8. I said “No!”
Task AWrite a persuasion (exposition) that will convince your parents to change their mind.

The audience for your persuasion are your parents - an audience opposed to what you have to say. You must use direct speech and powerful words, though respectful and appropriate, to convince them of your side of the issue. This is done by providing arguments against the 8 objections from your parents. You may find it difficult to convince them on all nine objections, just do your best (7 out of 8 objections could still convince your parents to say yes).

  Position: (outlines the issue and your point of view)
  Body: P.E.E.L. (see below)
  Conclusion: (restating position and main arguements)

Words that you could use in your persuasion:
  • sale  special  professional  improved  discount  affordable  important  quality  guaranteed  value  bargain  sensational  reduced  better

Task B: Create a plan of how your new room will look.

Use an iPad to get some ideas
  1. Create a sketch of the floor plan  and think about the scale that you are going to use. 
  2. Make an accurate scaled drawing based on your sketch (A3)

Task C: Create a 3D CAD model of your room.

  1. Use TinkerCAD to create your CAD model. Parent permission is required to create an account.
    I will go through the basics of this program with the class, before anyone starts.
  2. When it is complete, send it to me for printing. I will check it for errors and once fixed, it can be printed.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Class Novel: The Night They Stormed Eureka by Jackie French

This term we are reading the book The Night They Stormed Eureka by Jackie French. The subject matter fits well with our history unit and the book is set at the right level to cover our Stage 3 comprehension outcomes. The work we do with this book is self-paced, although you are still required to finish this and the assigned work by the end of the term. If you are finding it difficult to complete the reading in class, it is suggested you get a copy from the local library, bookstore or eBook. You may also borrow your class book to read before school starts, unfortunately these are not permitted to go home.

Local Library: Free
Kindle Ebook is $8.99
Booktopia is $13.40

A story about dreams, gold, rebellion ... and an unlikely friendship across time It's 1854, and the Ballarat goldfields are a place of dreams and rebellion as Sam, a homeless teenager, is called back to the past to join the Puddlehams, who run 'the best little cook shop on the diggings'. the Puddlehams dream of buying a hotel with velvet seats, while others dream of freedom from the British crown, away from the rule of wealthy landowners and corrupt officials. As the summer days get hotter, and the miners' protests are ignored with catastrophic results, Sam experiences first-hand the power of a united stand which will change her life forever.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

On May 17th we will be going on an excursion called Convict Footprints (Dharug National Park), where we will learn about the Old Great North Road and the people involved in it's construction.

A permission note has gone home with details, for further information you can visit Dharug National Park - Convict Footprints.

Patrick and Clarke in the quarry

Excursion Path